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Stan Lee Creates Superheroes For China And India

Not content to simply infuse the world with his scent, 90-year-old Stan Lee is trying his hand at creating superheroes for international audiences, CNN reports.

The co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, among other classic Marvel characters, is developing a character tentatively called The Annihilator with an aim toward selling it to a Chinese production studio for a feature film. Lee has also working on a digital-comics superhero for India named Chakra the Invincible.

“I see no reason why a Chinese audience wouldn’t love a Chinese superhero created by an American or created by anyone else as long as the character is exciting and authentic and interesting,” Lee said of his Annihilator character.

Lee and his co-producers point to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, with all the accompanying sports-hero worship it brought to the Chinese people, and Chinese co-financing for Iron Man 3 as reasons the project could work.

Lee also talked to CNN about why there aren’t more superheroines:

“When we first started doing these kind of stories, when Marvel was first doing The Fantastic Four and Spiderman and The X-Men there were many more men, there were many more males than females buying comic books so we always really directed our stories towards the male reader and we had male readers and male super-heroes.”

Now, with so many women going to see superhero movies, “I predict you will see pretty much as many super-heroines as superheroes as time goes by,” Lee said.

[Via CNN]

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